It was a picture-perfect start to the summer of 2016, as bright sunshine and temperatures around 90 degrees greeted the golfers at Upper Montclair Country Club for the 39th Annual Saint Peter's Prep – Frenkel & Company Golf Tournament. 2014 tournament winner Cyrus Whitney handled the heat and the course with aplomb, becoming the first golfer to have his name appear twice on the Wagner Cup.
As Prep's underclassmen returned to Grand & Warren one last time in the 2015-16 school year last week, a major highlight was the presentation of the annual Magis Awards, in recognition of freshmen who have emerged as leaders among their class, striving to do more in their lives as part of the Prep community. Eighteen members of the Class of 2019 were honored.
"Thirteen hundred and seventy five days. From our first day of freshman orientation to today, that’s how long we have been Prep students," explained student speaker Michael Dillane, '16, during Prep's 138th commencement on Saturday. In the intervening days, the members of the Class of 2016 have broadened the horizons of their worldview, deepened their knowledge as well as their faith, and forged friendships that will last a lifetime. By all accounts, for this newest class of Prep alumni, those days have been time well spent.
In the midst of celebrating the collective accomplishments of the Class of 2016, Saturday's ceremony also provided an opportunity to acknowledge the individual achievements of various members of the graduating class. Here is an overview of the student awards presented in recognition of those achievements.
What does it sound like when 189 Prep students enter a room, and 189 new Prep alumni leave? Relive the graduation ceremony for the Class of 2016 in these audio clips!